Looking Beyond the Classroom: Integrating Global Citizenship Education Throughout Your Whole School

The original version of this article was published on Education Week’s Global Learning blog on April 17, 2018. Access that post here.

There is no doubt that the individual efforts of globally conscious educators are vital for preparing learners with the competencies they need to be successful in our interconnected world. Yet if we are to truly educate a new generation of learners as global citizens, we must acknowledge that global citizenship education (GCE) is more than a pedagogical choice. If we are to harness the transformative potential of education to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world, we must look beyond our classrooms.

At ACEI, we view global citizenship education as a comprehensive educational philosophy that can be implemented through an integrated schoolwide—or whole-school—approach. A whole-school approach means that the principles of GCE are embedded in every aspect of school life (e.g., governance, policies and procedures, teaching practices, curriculum, physical and social environment, extracurricular activities, teacher training, community engagement, etc.) and that all members of the school community (teachers, school leaders and administrative staff, students, and parents) have a key role to play in promoting a global school culture. Such an approach is more likely to have a positive lasting impact, not only for learners, but for the entire school community.

We share five considerations for looking beyond your classroom and bringing global citizenship education to your whole school.